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User currently offlineClefan From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 299 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1796 times:

Driving past CLE the other day, I saw 3 Commutair B-1900's sitting behind Concourse D. I noticed that they were still in USAirways colors. Are there any plans to repaint them to CO's colors? Also how have these new flights been doing for Commutair and CO?

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User currently offlineOuboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4676 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1751 times:

I've noticed the same thing, interestingly enough...they had an ex-US BE1 here in TOL for the press conference on their first day of flying - nice touch.  Big grin Eitherway, there are some in CO colors and we do see them here from time to time.

As far as performance, locally in May they had a load factor around 33% for 4 flights per day that month. June numbers are not available yet, but I should have those in a day or so.

User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1741 times:

HOw does Commutair Surivive with such bad load-factors, BTV isn't much better... for load-factors...but at least all the ex-US ones I've seen say Continental Connection on a blue background.

What now?
User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1732 times:

UN B732, sometimes it isn't the load factor that determines a route's success. Sometimes it's what the break-even point is for a given market. For example, a few years back CO ran a CLE-SRQ. It had the highest daily load factor in the entier CO system, yet it lost a $1 million each month, because it was all deeply discounted fares, and Senior citizen fares. There's not business travel in that market.

Now, you get to the Commutair markets, and the break-even point, profit and loss, on average, is 6 customers per flight. Sometimes you'll have less than 6 on those flights, but more times than not, you're breaking even, or making at least a small profit. You don't have to fill a plane to make a profit. The Commutair markets are doing OK on that score.

User currently offlineClefan From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 299 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1632 times:

Any information on the other destinations? Will Commutair add any flights from CLE or will they only serve the cities that COEX left a few years ago?

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